Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with the AIP Foundation, has donated 3,848 helmets to first graders at 32 schools in Dong Nai, Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces under the Helmets for Kids programme.

Since April, Johnson & Johnson has donated 21,476 helmets.

"During the 2012-13 school year, helmet usage rates in our Helmets for Kids project in schools has jumped from 26 to 96 percent," said Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation.

Along with the helmets, students received road safety training via quizzes, painting contests and parades. Fun and educational road safety extracurricular activities were organised at all 32 project schools.

In addition, the Helmets for Kids programme conducted three teacher training sessions in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Dong Nai provinces.

The training gave 377 teachers the skills to talk about the importance of helmet use to parents and students alike. Teachers will be able to organise road safety workshops for students and parents throughout the school year to sustain high helmet use rates and safe road behaviors.

Billboards were installed at school gates to serve as daily reminders for parents and students about the importance of proper helmet use.-VNA